Axelrod has no option but this, I suppose:

"The president does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples, and benefits and other issues, and that has been effectuated in federal agencies under his control." 

But the whole point of this ruling is to contradict this statement. If the president does not support my right to marry, then he does not support my equality, according to the ruling. And you will note that Axelrod does not provide an argument as to why the president does not support civil marriage equality. Because the real argument would be: a) I'm too afraid of the culture war to take a stand; or b) I find the notion of two women getting married icky; or c) unlike my former congregation and whole swathes of American Christianity, my religious viewpoint demands that gay people be separated from the institution of civil marriage because it offends religious sensibilities. So which is it, Mr President? Are you really for equality or not?

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